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Course Length

33 months.

Role Profile

Our Level 3 Science Manufacturing Apprenticeship is aimed at those seeking employment in the science industry as a manufacturing technician.

As a Science Manufacturing Technician, you will operate the systems and equipment involved in the production of products. Many companies operate under highly regulated conditions and the right attitude is needed to maintain high safety requirements.

They may work in varied conditions including wearing specialist safety equipment, shift work and on sites running 365 day operations. They are proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving their work environment.

Science Manufacturing Technicians are expected to work both individually and as part of a manufacturing team. They are able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake.

Typical Job roles

Science Manufacturing Technicians work in a wide range of companies, including, but not exclusively, chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products and nuclear manufacturing.

Entry Requirements

Employed for minimum of 30 hours per week. Five GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent), including Maths, English, and Science. Alternatively a BTEC Diploma in Applied Science alongside GCSE’s (or equivalent) in Maths and English (grade C/ 4 or above).


You will achieve the following:
Level 3 Science Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship
Level 3 Applied Science
HABC Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English if required

Students with international qualifications will need to have them converted, for which there will be a cost, through the national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills (NARIC) website. This is required to confirm they are comparable to UK qualifications at the start of the programme in readiness for gateway and the end point assessment

Method of Delivery

The apprenticeship will be delivered through a series of progress reviews and observations in the workplace on a 6-8 week basis checking progress towards the Standards. Apprentices will have a day release to attend College to study the BTEC.

For the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science, there will be opportunities to learn about the fundamentals of science, working in the science industry, develop various mathematical and scientific techniques, and conduct a scientific investigation.

The HABC Working Safely Certificate is a one day course covering the fundamentals of health and safety in the workplace.

The apprenticeship and BTEC delivery involve a blended learning method, using classroom discussion and our virtual learning environment to enhance learning.

End Point Assessment

There are four parts to End Point Assessment.

Throughout the apprenticeship, the behaviour of the apprentice will be reviewed against the Apprenticeship Standard and the final assessment will be graded in a Behaviour Evaluation Log (BEL).

The Synoptic Assessment Test (SAT) is an observation in the workplace of the ability of the Apprentice to either start up, operate or shut down a process.

The Vocational Competence Discussion (VCD) covers the whole Apprenticeship Standard and is an opportunity to present evidence to support elements of the standard that were not possible to demonstrate in the SAT.

The Scenario Case Study (SCS) will describe a scenario where the apprentice has to apply their understanding of the principles of working safely, quality and standard procedures and complying with regulations to an unfamiliar situation.

Career Progression

Ideally, once you have completed your apprenticeship you will have a job with your employer. From there, you can also look at higher levels of Apprenticeships in the engineering field such as the Science Industry Process/Plant Engineer Apprenticeship.

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